Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is a rapidly emerging evidence based form of psychotherapy with roots in existing evidence-based therapies, but shown to achieve benefits much more rapidly (usually within 1-5 sessions) and with very high rates of treatment completion. Clients with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, combat related trauma, substance use, sexual abuse and many other mental and physical conditions can experience remarkable benefits starting in the first session.
ART works directly, and in an innovative procedural way, to reprogram the way in which distressing memories and images are stored in the brain so that they no longer trigger strong physical and emotional reactions. In November of 2015, ART was formally classified at the federal level by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices as an effective treatment for psychological trauma and depression (http://nrepp.samhsa.gov/ProgramProfile.aspx?id=7). In addition, clinicians at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the flagship facility for military treatment, have recently been trained in the ART protocol.
A.R.T. incorporates a combination of techniques used in other psychotherapies, but in a very unique and specific way. ART works directly to reprogram the way in which distressing memories and images are stored in the brain so that they no longer trigger strong physical and emotional reactions. It accomplishes this through visualization techniques and tuning into how the body is affected by distressing images or memories, enhanced through the use of rapid eye movements similar to eye movements that occur during dreaming. ART’s very specific and directive approach can achieve rapid recovery from symptoms and reactions that may have been present for many years.
The client is always in control of the entire ART session, with the therapist guiding the process. Although some traumatic experiences, such as rape, combat experiences, or loss of a loved one can be very painful to think about or visualize, the therapy rapidly moves the client beyond the place where they are stuck in these experiences toward growth and positive changes. The process is very straightforward.
Physical and emotional reactions are addressed through relaxing eye movements, and a technique called voluntary image/memory replacement is used to change the way in which the negative images are stored in the brain. The treatment is grounded in well-established psychotherapy techniques, and the end result is that traumas and difficult life experiences will no longer trigger strong emotions or physical reactions, and the client can move toward growth and healing. Clients do not even have to talk about their traumas or difficult life experiences with the therapist to achieve recovery.
(Funded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
(Funded by Department of Defense (DoD), Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC)
Ongoing Studies: At present, there are four ongoing studies of ART with several others planned and funding being sought.